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Applications are now open for the first ever Young Rural Retreat for young people with the ambition and potential to be the dance leaders of the future

30 Oct 2015

DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 August 2016

  • Are you aged between 18 and 21 and passionate about dance?
  • Do you want to meet leading industry professionals?
  • Do you want to discover management skills fit for a dance career?
  • Do you dream of making an impact on the future of dance?

Young Rural Retreat
will take place at DanceEast’s purpose-built home, the Jerwood DanceHouse, on Ipswich’s waterfront. Over four days, 25 to 28 August 2016 you will hear from leaders in and beyond dance, explore what leaders do, the skills they need, the challenges they face and ways of dealing with difficult situations.

The Retreat will be led by two facilitators, including Christopher Hampson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet. Christopher has participated in previous Rural Retreats for aspiring and existing dance leaders, and as a speaker.  Each day will start with a short class or warm-up. There will be time to listen and reflect, to discuss and discover different ideas, to work with people who share your passion, and to make new friends.

Young Rural Retreat is open to people aged 18 to 21 from anywhere in the world.  Participants will be selected on the basis of the attached application form, with the intention of bringing together people from different backgrounds and with different experiences and perspectives.

Most of the costs, including accommodation and catering, will be covered by DanceEast, with participants making a small contribution of £50 (in sterling and inclusive of VAT). Participants will be responsible for their own travel to and from Ipswich.


Established over 30 years ago, DanceEast moved into the Jerwood DanceHouse in 2009. With three gorgeous dance studios, a 200 seat theatre, seminar room and café, it hosts over 50 classes each week and is home to a number of community performing groups, a Centre for Advanced Training, a range of artists creating, producing and performing innovative dance works. DanceEast also provides an Associate Artists scheme, a Choreographic Development Fund, numerous community projects and much more. For more information go to:

DanceEast has been providing Rural Retreats for existing and aspiring dance leaders since 2003. They have brought together Artistic Directors of the world’s leading dance companies, leaders of professional training schools, and those looking to take their first step into leadership.

How to apply

  • Complete an application form and email it to:
  • The deadline for applications is Monday 14 December 2015.
  • Successful applicants will be informed by the end of January 2016.

Further information and application form available here


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